Once Pure (Shattered Past, #3)
by: Cecy Robson
Series: Shattered Past
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 19, 2015
Source: Loveswept via NetGalley
She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.
Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behaviors and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.
As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.
As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.
"...it was always Killian I was drawn to..."
Once Pure is another great read from Cecy Robson and proof of why she has quickly made it onto my list of must-read authors. And, whilst it didn't hold as quite as many surprises as Once Loved, there were still side elements to the story that I couldn't have predicted. Difficult, emotional subjects are covered sensitively and Sofia and Killian's journey is one of revelation, redemption, acceptance and a love that spanned many years. Despite the fact that they have never done anything about it.
"You were a pretty little girl. But neither of us realised how beautiful you'd become."
I loved Killian and Sofia together. Her painful past has left her with real vulnerabilities, yet she possesses a quiet strength, temerity and honesty about her. Killian may be an MMA fighter, but when it comes to Sofia, he is gentle and patient. And he's not without his own secrets.
"I wish I could explain what you mean to me, and how much I need you. I just don't know how."
With heart-wrenching, emotional content balanced with fabulous humour and banter courtesy of Killian's large, brash and lovable siblings, it was a captivating journey; Cecy Robson has certainly laid the foundations for more in the Shattered Past series.
**Copy received courtesy of Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.**
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Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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